Police, not DSS ‘whisked’ Melaye away – Spokesman

Melaye lying down at DSS clinic

The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked reports making round that its Operatives storm an Abuja and whisked Senator Dino Melaye away.

In a statement made available to Blueprint, the Public Relations Officer of DSS, Peter Afunanya, explained that it was men of Nigerian Police that brought the Kogi-born Politician to their medical facility afterwards.

The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to news making the round that its operatives, on 11th January, 2019, abducted Senator Dino Melaye from the Police hospital and forcefully took him to the Service’s medical facility in Abuja.  The Service wishes to state that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth. It had, at no time, abducted the Senator.

His words; “The fact is that it was the Police that brought him to the DSS facility after obtaining a 14-day detention warrant with effect from 9thJanuary, 2019.  The aim of bringing him to the Service’s facility is to complement Police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention.

“Consequently, the Service, in line with medical ethics and spirit of inter-agency cooperation, accepted him. This clarification has become necessary in order to address the false allegation that hooded men suspected to be DSS operatives abducted the Senator from the Police hospital. 

“The DSS, therefore, reiterates and assures the public of its commitment to professionalism and respect for human rights in its operational engagements.”

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